The photojournalism staff of The Gazette looks back on the biggest stories of the year, in 21 photos: the coronavirus pandemic, racial justice protests, Aug. 10 derecho, and the Iowa Caucuses and election.
Myrtle Ross of Cedar Rapids is wheeled out of Mercy Medical Center as she's released and sees her family all together for the first time in Cedar Rapids on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. Ross spent 66 days in the hospital as she was treated for COVID-19. While Ross was in the hospital the Aug. 10 derecho rendered her and her husband's home uninhabitable. The two will be staying in a hotel for the foreseeable future.
Licensed practical nurse Tiffany Kinney holds a swab taken from a patient exhibiting coronavirus-like symptoms before placing it in a sealed container for testing at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Family Medicine Clinic in Iowa City on Monday, April 20, 2020.
Virginia Miller of University Heights picks up an order from Veronica Tessler, business owner, at Yotopia in Iowa City, Iowa on Saturday, April 11, 2020. The local frozen yogurt shop was one of several restaurants in the area to receive an Iowa Small Business Relief Grant to help sustain it through the coronavirus shutdown. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Clare Allou, 12, (left) and Kayla Cariens, 12, run holding a tape measure enforcing social distancing in their neighborhood while waiting for the teacher parade to come down their street in Coralville on Monday, March 30, 2020. Allou attended Wickham Elementary School and Cariens is a current student.
Registered nurse Marla Berry administers the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to an employee at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. Two vaccination cubicles are set up in the McIntyre Patient Resource Center at Hall-Perrine Cancer Center as vaccination of employees began on Tuesday. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Activist Lujayn Hamad speaks to protestors through a megaphone during a rally hosted by the Black Voices Project at the University of Iowa Pentacrest in Iowa City on Saturday, May 30, 2020. The rally was held in response to the recent death of George Floyd, a black man who died Monday night while in custody of Minneapolis police officers. Organizers estimated that over 750 individuals attended.
LaTonya Christopher of Cedar Rapids listens to speakers during a protest against racial injustice in Greene Square in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, June 6, 2020. Christopher was attending with her daughter and granddaughter. Thousands gathered for the event, which began at Greene Square before a march through downtown Cedar Rapids, to protest racism, police brutality and the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
Protestors gather at the Cedar Rapids police station after marching around SE Cedar Rapids on Sunday, May 31, 2020.
Protestors march south along N. Dubuque St. after shutting down Interstate 80 during a demonstration against police brutality in Iowa City, Iowa, on Friday, June 5, 2020. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Kinzlee Coleman, 6, (from left), Kamdin Coleman, 5, both of Mount Vernon, and Oaklyn King (foreground center, 2, of Cedar Rapids hold up balloons during a march held by the Marion Alliance for Racial Equity at the Marion Fire Department on Monday, July 6, 2020. People gathered to show support for fellow Black community members who marched through Marion before putting forth six demands for ending systemic racism within the city and county governments and police force. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Audience members hold up signs in support of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders during the Caucus Concert event in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020.
Precinct volunteers tabulate the delegate count for precinct 1 at the caucus sites at City High School in Iowa City on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. Precincts 1 and 17 caucused at the school. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Saoirse Hermann-Wickham, 9, of West Liberty holds a sign in support of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren while dressed as Lady Liberty at the precinct two caucus site at the community center in West Liberty on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.
Chawn Yilmaz of Cedar Rapids shows her I.D. before casting her ballot at an early voting center at 823 Third Street Southwest in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. Yilmaz became elegible to vote this year in Iowa after Gov. Kim Reynolds restored the voting rights of roughly 35,000 felons in Iowa who had completed their sentences. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
David Kutter of Cedar Rapids stands by his vehicle wearing a Joe Biden mask while waiting to hear former second lady Jill Biden speak during a drive-in rally at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020.
Passing drivers stop to help the driver of a tractor trailer after it overturned laying down in the northbound side of Interstate 380 near 76th Avenue SW in Cedar Rapids on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Two men worked to remove the windshield and the woman, a registered nurse, made her way into the cab to check on the driver who had no apparent injuries. The woman then took the driver to her car to sit with her and wait for an ambulance to arrive.
Violette Ntibangana looks out the window of her bedroom at the Glenbrook apartments in Cedar Rapids on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. The apartment's roof was torn off and is now covered with a tarp while the family stays with friends in the complex. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)
A trail of flattened soybeans shows the path of a flattened silo during the storm as it hit a farm near Norway, Iowa on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. Cleanup continues around the area following the Aug. 10 derecho, which left hundreds of thousands of Iowans without power and displaced many whose homes were damaged or destroyed in the heavy winds. (Rebecca F. Miller/The Gazette)
Electrical workers repairing downed power lines along Highway 13 near County. Home Rd. in Marion, Iowa, on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. People are still cleaning up and without power after the Aug. 10 derecho storm. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Neighbor Robert Estabrook (left) fist bumps Phil Rogers after Estabrook along with other neighbors Jeremiah Hawkins and Patrick Marx worked to remove a large tree that fell on top of the house Rogers lives in at the corner of 8th St. SW and 8th Avenue SW in southwest Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Friday, Aug. 14, 2020. Using chainsaws, chains, cables, a winch and a pickup truck Estabrook, Hawkins and Marx were able to remove the tree so the roof could be tarped in preparation for storm that are forecast. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Laurie Berdahl stands in her front yard beginning to clean up downed limbs around her home in southwest Cedar Rapids on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Berdahl's home suffered only minor damage but like most of the city she was without power.